Every man need a classic grey sweater in his closet. The Iron Heart brand made a nice one for this winter season, the IHSW-06 Heavy Loopwheeled Crew Neck Sweat. The sweat is super windproof, heavy “Wakayama” loopwheeled cotton fleece, made with four needle, Union Special flat stitched seams, tubular construction so no side seams and the the cuffs are cylinder sewn, so also without seams. All in all a classic piece for your daily rigid denim outfit.
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven – NL I did a denim expo project for Lois Jeans. The project was in collaboration with Jean School from Amsterdam. We showed some innovative denim items made by the students and besides that we also showed some original vintage Lois Jeans items from the ’70′s. Below some pictures of the highlighted items which came over from Spain – Valencia, Lois Jeans Headquaters.
The cool denim store Baretta in The Hague – NL teamed up with bracelet brand Pig&Hen to make a nice indigo collab. The bracelet comes in a special blue wooden case and is made in limited quantities, 60 pieces only. That’s also the retail price in euro’s. The bracelet will fade over time, just like your favorite pair of jeans. This upcoming Thursday they will celebrate this collaboration in the Baretta store from 18.00 o’clock. Be there on time as they already have a lot of reservations for their indigo killer. Congrats guys, nice one!
This November a new denim book will be launched called True Fit: A Collected History of Denim. The book is a project by Viktor Fredbäck. Viktor is a Swedish denim collector who travels to old silver mines in the Nevada desert in hopes of digging up historic jeans from the 1800’s. This is the story of his passion and how each garment fits into his great historical puzzle. Through this book, he shows for the first time his unique collection. But in an unique way, not simpel product shots, but he brought back the items back to live by making shots of the items which are worn by models. It shows the present at the birth of the garment in the mid-1870s and follow its evolution a hundred years forward in time (from the 1870’s till the 1970’s). The account of the history of jeans also reveals that the garment makes up an integral part of American heritage. The book is 272 pages thick filled with full colour pictures. Below some sneak pages. Well done Viktor!
Next to denim I am also a big army fan. The old items from the army are the most inspiring for fits, quality and details. Everything is done with a thought and is born out of functionality. In 2003 Histoire & Collections made a great book which is curated and written by Henri-Paul Enjames. Since his younger years Henri-Paul was interested in Second World War stuff so he started collecting in the early eighties. His army collection is extremely big! To share his amazing collection he decided to make a book about the American soldier in Europe during the 1943-1945 period. Believe me this book is unbelievable and full of army treasures. Check it out for yourself while it’s still available.
The great blog The Bandanna Almanac from Japan posted a really cool worn-out pair of jeans. The Warehouse jean is worn for 17 years! by Mr. Narita from Japan. Mr. Narita, the owner of the store Brown Tabby, is a very knowledgeable vintage fanatic. His store is an amazing and unique selection of vintage accessories, handmade goods, vintage and new clothing, and some really great vintage footwear. Check out his extremely cool hand patched denim. This is a true masterpiece!! Also the inside of the jean is a piece of denim art. Thanks The Bandanna Almanac for sharing!
Sailor Jerry presents the flash collection by Iggy Pop. The highlighted item is the denim biker vest. It’s made of blue-black uber quality denim like the kind used in the 50’s. The buttons are handmade of copper, pressed with the name, Sailor Jerry. On the back is Iggy’s interpretation of Sailor Jerry’s iconic “Death Shall Triumph” anchor flash. The pins on the front collar are handmade metal anchors. Every vest comes with a pack of 6 patches chosen by Iggy – each based on a different Sailor Jerry flash design. The patches come separately, so you can choose which ones you like and sew them on yourself. They only made 50 of these and inside each you’ll find a small label noting which one of the 50 vests you’ve got. One of the coolest features, Iggy Pop himself has personally signed every one. The vest is made in Los Angeles, CA.
Last weekend denim brand Amsterdenim did again their great denim tanning event, this time at Cosmic Cowboys Store in Amsterdam – NL. Ben Fokkema (founder of Amsterdenim) developed a really cool idea to make the first tanned denim. It’s the same process as they used back in the days to make sailing sails more durable. It’s such a great idea to make a link with denim and this old technique. The perfect combination to promote denim and Amsterdam. Always so nice to see how Ben is so active to establish his brand in an original way. Check below some pics of the event and don’t forget to check out his brand. Till soon Ben!
Our latest collaboration with Beerze beer from Vessem – NL is now available. With this beer bottle opener you can open your cold beers anytime, any place. Cheers!
Available here: www.buttsandshoulders.com/shop
Interesting way of promoting brands and style. Well done Cavemen!
This replica Levi’s Jeans 501, from the Levi’s Vintage Clothing collection, is made in the old Levi’s factory in Valencia Street – USA in the year 2000. It has the legendary 555 button stamp on the back of the buttons. Something for the real collectors. This jean was originally created during the WW2. During the war, each manufacturer had to cut back due to shortages of materials, hence the famous Levi’s stiching on the back pockets were printed instead of stitched. On this particular jean the arcuates are almost completely faded away. They printed the arcuates in order to save yarn. This is also the reason why they used standard buttons (and not original Levi’s buttons). The top button is a laurel button which refers to victory. Even the inner pockets are made from different cotton. The pants have the authentic red line selvedge, hidden rivets, and Big E red tab. Personally this is one of my favourite 501′s in the historic range.
Incidentally, the Japanese denim brand Evisu is inspired by these pants, because of the printed back pockets, something Evisu made world famous. This 501 jean is from Caspar Hehemann who’s working at de denim store Rambam (www.rambam.nl) in Eindhoven- the South of Holland. Thanks for sending these pics Caspar!
Lois Jeans was established in 1962 in Valencia – Spain. The brand was founded by a close family which is still running this authentic brand. In the ’70′s Lois Jeans conquered the world as one of the first European denim brands. The brand was very popular by icons as ABBA, Johan Cruyff, James Hunt and Bjorn Borg.
One of their most famous items is the Torera denim jacket for men, for women it’s the Tejana. The Torera jacket was worn by teen celebrities during the ’70′s. The jacket became a true icon of a manufacturing error. The sleeves were slightly longer than usual, so people like Bjorn Borg wore the jacket with rolled up sleeves. That’s why this jacket also got the name Monkey Jacket. A true and cool story!
Last week I had the chance to take some pics from an original Lois Jeans Monkey Sleeve Jacket. It’s a vintage jacket from the ’70′s, on the pics you can see that the jacket is worn a lot. The sleeves shows some really nice natural honey combs and you can also see that this was one of those wrong manufactured items. The jacket shows some nice different shades of blue, which only appears on vintage items. You can see this jacket, and many other old Lois originals, in an exhibition at the Lois Denim store in Eindhoven – NL. The expo is part of the Dutch Design Week and is running till this Sunday. Great to see that the bull is back!
Red Wing just launched a classic boot as a special in their collection: the #8180 Kangatan model a.k.a. Green Monster! This boot is a kind of homage to the boots, the Super Setter 888, which were developed for one of the greatest baseball hitters Ted Williams / Sears brand in the ’60′s. The original boot was made of lightweight kangaroo hide. The re-issued 8180 is made from Portage cowhide leather, but it has the same unique green colour.
As I am a big fan of the RW moc toes this one was on my wishlist for a long time. Finally they are back and in my collection now. What I like the most about them is that they look like a World War 2 army boot with the green colour and brown detail at the top. Big thanks to Matthijs van Meurs / Red Wing Europe!
Super Setter 888 vs 8180
Next week the second edition of Kingpins denim fabirc show in Amsterdam will be held for the second time. With this 2nd edition there’s something special on the 29th of October, the Global Denim Awards. The Global Denim Awards is an innovative initiative, six of the world’s premier denim mills with six emerging designers. Its aim is to connect talent and industry to create a directional platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.
Six emerging designers from all over the world were selected and paired with one of six premier and progressive denim mills each. They were given the opportunity to visit their designated mill to develop an in-depth understanding of fibre, fabric, wash and denim development. Armed with these new skills as well as their mill’s best fabrications, each designer then developed a capsule collection of five total looks, including treatments and washes, which will be presented on the runway on 29 October.
The collections will be judged by a panel of international denim experts based on the merits of the design and the innovative nature of the denim fabrications. The winning designer will be awarded €10,000 and have his/her winning designs displayed at the Kingpins shows in Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and at the Amsterdam Denim Days 2015.
The concept for Global Denim Awards was developed by HTNK, the Amsterdam-based fashion recruitment and consultancy firm, in collaboration with the Kingpins Show. Global Denim Awards by e3 will feature the latest and greatest fabrics by Candiani Denim, Royo Textile, ITV Denim, Bossa, Orta Anadolu and Prosperity Textile.
Looking forward to see the developed denim collections. And ofcourse the 2nd edition of Kingpins Amsterdam. See you there!
More info about the awards here;
Yesterday I built the denim expo at the Lois Denim store in Eindhoven for the upcoming Dutch Design Week. The DDW is a design week where you can check on hundreds locations the most innovative and cool stuff. The denim expo in the store is also part of this event. The expo will display some highlights from the Jean School Amsterdam students and some original vintage Lois Jeans items from the ’70′s. These vintage items are owned by the Spanish Lois family but came over for special occasion. Besides the expo Mike van der Zanden, also student on the Jean School and founder from Dyemond Goods label, will show his craftsmanship in the weekends in the store. The DDW will start today till next weekend. Check it out if you are in the neighbourhood. Have a good weekend!
We teamed up with authentic Beerze Beer brand from Vessem (NL) for this special collaboration. The best of both worlds come together in two fine limited edition products: a leather apron and a beer bottle opener. The apron is handnumbered and made from natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very nice within time. It’s 100% made in Holland. The opener also contains our natural leather and the opener itself is made in Portugal.
To celebrate our Beerze Beer collab we will organise a special event during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (NL) at the town coffee roasters: Stadsbranderij Eindhoven. The location is a beautiful authentic warehouse in the middle of the centre. Of course you can taste the unique Beerze Beer and see our handmade collaboration products. Besides that we will provide you with live music, soulfoul dj’s and unique fingerfood.
When? Friday the 24th of October from 17.00 till 24.00. Where? Bergstraat 14a – Eindhoven. Hope to see you there! Cheers.
Burg & Schild store from Berlin – Germany and Indigofera brand from Sweden teamed up in a great collaboration. The collab consists several nice items as the ultimate biker outfit. One of the items is a classic jean. The “Shane” jeans is made from Japanese 16oz loomstate selvedge denim. The cut is straight and a bit wider, just perfect for motorcycle rides. For the promotion of these iconic items they made a roadtrip through Sweden. Check the jean below and their cool roadtrip video. Well done Shane Brandenburg and Mats Andersson!
The new issues from The Heritage Post magazine men and women are out soon. On the cover of the men’s edition is the famous furniture maker Piet Hein Eek this time. Piet Hein is from the same village as my hometown, Eindhoven – NL, and he’s a true craftsman. You should definitely check out his work, he’s using a lot of scrap wood to make new cool products like tables and bookcases. That’s his most famous signature. Both covers from the mags are awesome. Nice job Uwe van Afferden!